3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film, directed and written by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, with screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, inspired by the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the title roles, along with Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and Omi Vaidya. The film is about the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college, and is a satire about the social pressures under an Asian education system. It also incorporated real Indian inventions, from Remya Jose, Mohammad Idris, Jahangir Painter, and Sonam Wangchuk.
The film received critical acclaim and commercial success. Upon release, 3 Idiots was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and had the highest opening day collections for an Indian film up until that point, and also held the record for the highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film. It also became one of the few Indian films at the time to become successful in East Asian markets, such as China and Japan, eventually bringing its worldwide gross to ?459.96 crore ($88 million) it was the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time. The film also had a social impact on attitudes to education in India as well as other Asian countries such as China.
The film won six Filmfare Awards including Best Film, and three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film. It also received a Japanese Academy Award nomination for Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film, and won the Grand Prize at Japan’s Videoyasan Awards. The subtitled version of the film became popular in South Asia, East Asia (Greater China, South Korea and Japan), Southeast Asia (such as Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines), and the United States. This film was remade in Tamil as Nanban (2012), which also received critical praise and commercial success. Nanban had a Telugu dubbed version titled Snehitudu. A Mexican remake, 3 Idiotas, was also released in 2017.
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Story by Chetan Bhagat
Starring Aamir Khan
Narrated by R. Madhavan
Music by Original Songs:
Cinematography C. K. Muraleedharan
Edited by Rajkumar Hirani
Vinod Chopra Films
Distributed by Reliance BIG Pictures
25 December 2009
Budget ?55 crore ($9 million)
Box office est. ?459.96 crore ($88 million)